Council Member Alondra Cano attended outgoing Inspector Catherine Johnson's farewell party at the Third Precinct headquarters with Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo. Inspector Johnson will now serve as the Director of Hennepin County's division of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation. We are so thankful for the focused work that Inspector Johnson did for the residents of the Ninth Ward. Taking her place will be our previous leader, Inspector Mike Sullivan.
Dear Community,
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as your Ninth Ward City Council Member over the past four years. The journey has been fruitful and our future together is bright.
As I wrap up my first term as your Council representative, I wanted to let you know that is has been the honor of my life to serve the people of our community. The work we have been able to accomplish together is truly something to be proud of.
We worked shoulder to shoulder to lift up the voices of low-wage workers and to improve conditions for our working families. We did this by passing a herstoric paid sick and safe time ordinance as well as becoming the first city in the Midwest to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
We upheld our radical vision of love and stood with immigrant communities in the age of Trump by establishing a Sanctuary City task force and taking steps toward instituting a municipal ID for all.
We stood together to defend the East Phillips Community's vision of partnership with the City on the expanded Hiawatha Facility at the Roof Depot site and we passed a Green Zones policy which is on its way to implementation.
Days ago, we adopted the budget for 2018. I was a strong supporter of this year's significant investments in affordable housing, public safety focused on community engagement and accountability, and an increase in the Utility Franchise Fee to enable investments to combat climate change. Here are some additional highlights:
  • Working with Council Member Frey and with the support of my Council Colleagues, we were able to secure $75,000 in funding for the work of the South Minneapolis Green Zones
  • $75,000 of continued funding to end commercial sexual exploitation
  • Increased resources for enforcement of wage theft, paid sick and safe time, and the minimum wage
  • We retained the community-led safety strategies money in our community, with $200,000 dedicated to East Lake Street and $50,000 for Little Earth
  • Two addition housing inspectors for multi-family homes focusing on immigrant communities
  • $50,000 for a Commercial Land Trust pilot project to combat gentrification which I have helped develop with community and City staff for the past year
  • An addiditional Lead Inspector
My thanks go out to all of the community members who took the time to come to City Hall and offer testimony to weigh in on the budget. Your voice helps shape our decisions and keeps us grounded in the community.
I can't wait to see what we set to do next and over the four years to come.
Mil gracias y feliz año nuevo,
Congratulations to my friend and colleague, Council Member Jacob Frey, for being elected as the next Mayor of Minneapolis. I am hopeful that through our partnership together, with his relentless energy, and his drive to make a positive impact in our communities we will accomplish many things as a city over the next four years. We thank outgoing Mayor Hodges for her leadership over the past term. Her leadership in helping to raise the pillars of racial equity and sustainability within our government are efforts our new Council and Mayor will surely build on.
Mayor-elect Frey has created policy committees to help guide him in the areas he plans to make a difference in - affordable housing, police-community relations, and economic development. The committee is hosting listening sessions to get the community's input in these areas, as well as to gather feedback from our residents about these policy priorities and more. I encourage you to participate in these sessions and welcome you to join the group to share your ideas and questions.

Mayor-elect Frey's Policy Committee Listening Sessions
Thursday, December 21
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N.
Friday, December 29
8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Horn Towers, 3110 Blaisdell Ave. S.
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The suffering that we see in our Ninth Ward communities connected to the use and abuse of opiates has its roots in some ethically and legally questionable practices on the part of pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors.
The City Council has authorized City Attorney Susan Segal to initiate a lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of opioids. The proposed litigation will seek to recover monetary damages incurred by the City in responding to residents' needs caused by opioid addiction.
The City of Minneapolis joins a number of states, counties, and cities across the country that have filed similar lawsuits against drug makers to help recouperate the costs associated with fighting the negative repercussions of opioid abuse.
I am proud that Minneapolis is stepping up to hold these companies accountable for their actions and I hope that we will be successful in gaining some resources to help alleviate the pain that drug addiction is causing in our families and communities.
The City anticipates filing its complaint in January of 2018 and is currently evaluating how to best achieve a fair result as efficiently and quicky as possible. Please stay connected to our newsletter as updates become available.
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Alondra Cano represents the Ninth Ward on the Minneapolis City Council. The Ninth Ward consists of the Central, Corcoran, East Phillips, Midtown Phillips, and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods along with a sliver of Longfellow. Our diverse and vibrant communities boast beautiful parks, a number of thriving small business corridors, the Midtown Exchange, world class hospitals, and an informed and engaged community of changemakers, artists, and activists.
MN350 Winter Gathering
On the longest night of the year, join MN350 to celebrate accomplishments and the climate movement. Live music, food, and honoring of those who made these wins possible will be featured. Come hear their plans for the new year.
Thursday, Dec. 21
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
CWA Local 7200
Inaguration of the New Mayor and City Council
Join us for the swearing-in ceremony of the 2018 - 2022 Mayor and City Council. After the inaguration event, the Council will meet in the Council Chambers for the organizational meeting where a new Council President, Vice President, and composition of the standing City Council committees will be determined.
Monday, Jan. 8
9:30 a.m.
City Hall Rotunda
The Step-Up Internship Program is accepting applications from young people ages 14 to 21.
The Community Connections Conference is looking for exhibitors.
Hennepin County is hiring for a multiple positions.
Take Action MN is hiring for multiple positions.
Call (612) 673-2209
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